Policy Issues


NSF, NIH To Measure Federal Science Funding Impact

Reflecting the White House's focus on performance metrics and accountability, a new initiative with an unwieldy name is about to begin measuring the impact of federal investment in the sciences.

Author Anya Kamenetz

The Moral Mission

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) explores how students can and will use technology to sidestep the spiraling costs of college to pursue non-traditional paths toward learning. Author Anya Kamenetz talks to CT about the institutional imperative to bring down tuition costs and make higher learning more accessible to more people.

Cyber Challenge: 10,000 Security Warriors Wanted

The Cyber Challenge has set as its national goal to identify and train an army of cybersecurity experts to help fill shortages in industry and government. Campuses like Cal Poly are helping to lead the charge.

Higher Education IT in the 'New Normal'

CT asks Harvard Business School CIO Stephen Laster about the changing role of campus IT in today’s challenging economic times.

Court: FCC Can't Regulate Broadband ISPs

A three-judge federal appeals court panel dealt a serious blow Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) authority to regulate broadband Internet service providers (ISPs).

Women in Life Sciences Suffer Salary Gap

Women conducting research in the life sciences receive on average about $13,000 less than their male counterparts--a salary gap that can't be explained by productivity or other professional factors.

Microsoft Backs Digital Due Process Initiative

Microsoft this week joined a coalition to encourage Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The Digital Due Process (DDP) coalition wants to ensure that data associated with cloud computing services receive the same level of privacy protections as data stored on PCs in homes.

Geoff Fletcher

Mr. Fletcher Goes to Washington

I took the occasion of a recent trip to Washington, DC, to speak to my senators and representative (really, their staffers), something I try to do once a year. It isn’t hard: Just call or e-mail their offices to set up an appointment. Specify your topic so that you meet with the right staffers. They are polite, listen carefully, take notes, and ask questions.

STEM Review Suggests Small Measures To Close Gender Gap

While biological differences between the genders could play a role in women's propensity to move away from STEM fields, the research is inconclusive, according to a review of research projects on the topic done by the AAUW. More likely, according to the researchers, is that cultural factors have a greater impact in the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

FCC Broadband Plan Pushes Ambitious Agenda for U.S. Education

After almost a year of development that included holding 36 public workshops in person and online and reading through 23,000 public comments, the Federal Communications Commission has released its national broadband plan with a formal report to Congress. Calling high-speed Internet access "indispensable for the 21st century, the foundation for our economy, the foundation for our democracy in the digital age," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski declared the plan "ambitious but achievable."